Thursday, 13 February 2020

6 Tips for Accurate Parent Data in Schools

Why Parent Data is Important – and Hard to Maintain “You can have data without information, but you cannot have information without data.” — Daniel Keys Moran said.  He didn’t say this about parent data, but the same message applies! When thinking about parent partnerships with schools, schools need parent data to have information. You …

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Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Top 5 Reasons We Love School Counselors

National School Counseling Week – Celebrating School Counselors   This week (February 3rd – 7th, 2020) is National School Counseling Week.  We know we have a number of school counselors, or those who take on the work of school counselors, in our community.  We wanted to take a minute to share some of the top …

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Friday, 24 January 2020

8 Things That Matter When Touring or Choosing Schools

In many cities, parents have options for choosing a school. Parents aren’t limited to what is closest to them, and can take advantage of unique features that different schools offer.  While this choice can be great, like anything, too many choices can be overwhelming. So taking a tour of schools can help.  We have found …

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Thursday, 2 January 2020

The Building Block of Successful Schools: Building Trust

As a principal you have to prioritize lots of tasks and focus on the most important building blocks that lead to school success. According to Payne and Kaba (2001), the level of social trust, the quality of staff-to-staff and staff-to-parent relationships at a school, can predict the quality of a school. So building trust can …

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5 Tips to Start the New Year Right at Your School

After a long and unstructured break, students may need some adjustment back to regular school routines.  They come back to school with new hopes and resolutions.  They want to start the new year right at school.  You and your staff do too! So you’ll want to re-norm and revisit expectations both in the classroom and …

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Thursday, 26 December 2019

7 Tips to Unify Parents and Schools: Umoja in Action

Today is the first day of Kwanzaa. Growing up my family celebrated Kwanzaa before we celebrated Christmas. Therefore the principles of the Nguzo Saba have always been important guides in my life. We can borrow inspiration from today’s principle, Umoja to unify parents and schools. First, for those who are new to Kwanzaa, some context. …

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Tuesday, 10 December 2019

What Difference Does Family Engagement Make? Research Shows a Big One

Does parent and family engagement really make a difference in our schools?  Education suffers from trends – might family engagement just be another one of them? Well, quite frankly, no.  Family engagement still isn’t as trendy as it should be as a school improvement strategy, especially given what the research teaches us. Leading researchers in …

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